A new committee on countering terrorism established by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly will focus on developing the assembly’s anti-terrorism code of laws defining terrorism and unifying legislation regarding crimes connected to cross-border terror activities, Russian lawmaker told Sputnik on Friday.

MINSK (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, OSCE PA announced establishing the new Ad Hoc Committee on Anti-Terrorism. Head of Russian delegation to the assembly Pyotr Tolstoy said that the delegation would discuss cooperation within the framework of the new committee with the US partners.

“The Committee, first of all, should unify the legislation of the countries of the OSCE area in terms of defining terrorism and unifying legislation in particular, when it comes to an extradition of people between states on suspicions of involvement in terrorist activities. Today one counties consider them as those, who represent national liberation movements and refuse their extradition. If those recommendations of the committee are adopted by the OSCE members, in that case we may think of adopting an unified arrest warrant,” Kovalev said.

According to Kovalev, the code should be based upon counterterrorism conventions of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and similar documents of the regional and sub-regional blocs within the political expanse of the Assembly.

The development of the code should be followed by the creation of an international penitentiary system of the assembly’s member states for those sentenced under the assembly’s code, the lawmaker stressed.

Kovalev proposed a draft resolution on “strengthening the role of the OSCE in countering terrorism,” where he stressed the crucial role of parliaments in helping to counter terrorism and called on the OSCE states to take a decisive action to neutralize the threat posed by the propagation of the ideology of terrorism on the Internet and the social media.

On Wednesday, the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE PA kicked off in the Belarusian capital bringing together about 300 delegates from North America, Europe and Asia. The delegates are expected to focus on security, counterterrorism, climate change and human rights issues during the five-day debate.

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